Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services

Welcome to Berry Street


Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877.

We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.

Our greatest challenges today are:

  • to help children and young people recover from the devastating impact of family violence, abuse and neglect
  • to help women keep themselves and their children safe from family violence
  • to help struggling mothers and fathers to be the parents they want to be
  • to contribute to, and advocate for, a fairer and more inclusive community
  • to provide foster care and kinship care when children can’t live safely at home

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Our Services


Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any
complaints.

Community
Education, Training & Employment
Family Services
Family Violence
Foster & Kinship Care
Past Clients
Residential Care
Therapeutic
Youth


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News & Events


Moving from scandals to solutions in State care
Op Ed - Berry Street CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, discusses the recent widespread media coverage of the sexual abuse of children in State residential care...read more



Foster care for traumatised children could be nurtured by tax breaks
Berry Street has long called for foster care to be strengthened by professionalisation and tax breaks.
More and more Victorian foster parents leave the state system each year...
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National focus on family violence key to supporting children & families
Berry Street’s CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, responds to today’s announcement of the Federal Government’s Second National Action Plan to tackle family violence...read more



Berry Street Cup - Media release
The number of children affected by abuse in Victoria would fill over half the MCG. Over 75,000 cases of children affected by abuse have been reported throughout the state of Victoria this year, children’s charity Berry Street highlights today. The figure accounts for over a quarter of reported cases of child abuse across Australia...read more



Graffiti Art workshop at Berry Street Residential Care Unit
A graffiti street-art workshop was run by local artist, Chuck Mayfield, at one of our Berry Street Residential care units. The workshop was inspired by one of the young people in the Resi unit who is passionate about graffiti art and has a keen eye for quality work...read more



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